Drama On Ego Explores What Makes Us Who We Are
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The last date listed for On Ego was Sunday April 15, 2012 / 3:00pm.
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“On Ego” is a thought provoking production while being overall very entertaining. When the initial monologue kept going on and on I was getting a bit nervous as I was afraid that the all show was going to be a one-man show, which is very difficult to pull-off. Fortunately, it is not, and as the play carried on I also agreed with the length of the monologue. I really enjoyed the interplay between philosophy and science and the portray of the inner struggle of the characters. I also found Allissa Cordeiro very engaging and incredibly talented. Being a scientist studying the brain I truly enjoyed this show.
What are we? Skin, bone and a hundred billion brain cells? Or is there something more? How does the conscious “you” clamber from the numb darkness of the brain box out into a world of people and places, pleasure and pain, love and loss?
On Ego, by Mick Gordon and Paul Broks, asks “how does the kilo and a half of meat you call your brain become your mind?”
When a lecturer named Alex is in a teleportation demonstration gone awry, creating two versions of Alex, he is faced with how to define what makes him him. Derek, his father in law, and scientific colleague, is determined to set the scales right, which means only one Alex can exist.
His wife, Alice, is diagnosed with a Butterfly Glioma: a brain tumor that results in Capgras Syndrome, a disease with symptoms similar to late stage Alzheimer, and renders her unable to recognize any Alex at all.